Travels, Fun Activities, Pangasinan

Wow, Bolinao! Patar Beach, Cape Bolinao, Enchanted Cave and Suman sa Kawayan

Bolinao has of late rivaled Alaminos (both are towns of Pangasinan in Northern Luzon), in becoming one of the must-go-to destinations in the province. While Alaminos has the Hundred Islands, Bolinao has Patar beach, falls, caves and the destroyed Bolinao lighthouse. Bolinao faces the Lingayen Gulf and is located on the northernmost tip of Pangasinan,… Continue reading Wow, Bolinao! Patar Beach, Cape Bolinao, Enchanted Cave and Suman sa Kawayan

Food, Travels, Restaurants

Chateau Beatrice and Pamana in Tagaytay: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch!

Chateau Beatrice Bed and Breakfast There is a myriad of bed and breakfast, hotels, inns and backpacker resorts in Tagaytay. What makes Chateau Beatrice stand out is first and foremost, the customer feedback they have on Tripadvisor. One Saturday afternoon, the 4 of us were food-crawling in Maginhawa strEAT, and the thought of spending a… Continue reading Chateau Beatrice and Pamana in Tagaytay: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch!

Travels, Philippines, Bohol

Day-Touring Bohol: Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Loboc and More!

I had 3 flights to Bohol that all got cancelled for various reasons - budget, leave not approved, and that earthquake. Finally in between the Christmas and New Year holidays of 2015, I hopped on a plane by myself and headed to Tagbilaran. But actually, Mary was already waiting for me there since she spent… Continue reading Day-Touring Bohol: Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Loboc and More!

Asia, Food, International Travels, Japan

Japan, Ja-Fun! The Quaintness of Kyoto and Some Useful Temple/Shrine Etiquette

Kyoto used to be the capital of Imperial┬áJapan before it was moved to Tokyo. It is bustling with temples, shrines, palaces and traditional wooden houses. It also the best place to meet a Geisha. If we had the time, we would have spent at least 3 days in Kyoto because it is teeming not only… Continue reading Japan, Ja-Fun! The Quaintness of Kyoto and Some Useful Temple/Shrine Etiquette

Asia, Food, International Travels, Japan

Experiencing Japan: Go on a Budget or Not?

Japan is a rich country - in culture, history, culinary, technology and entertainment. To be in the country itself is already an experience for the books. I wouldn't be surprised at how many blogs have been written about how much less they spent for x number of days in Japan. My take though is different.… Continue reading Experiencing Japan: Go on a Budget or Not?